Boris Johnson Opens First Cycle Superhighways.

Boris Johnson Opens First Cycle Superhighways

BORIS JOHNSON today opened the first two of the 12 cycle superhighways that the London Mayor hopes will increase cycle take-up in the capital.

The two new superhighways – one from Merton to the City, the other from Barking to Tower Gateway – have actually been in operation, unofficially, for about a month already.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the distinctive blue-painted cycle lanes have already had an effect with more cyclists braving the traffic fumes.

“You can’t move for cyclists now,” said David Payne, who lives on the Merton – City route or ‘CS7’ in bike-lane parlance.

“Especially in the rush-hour, there seem to be more than ever, though the good weather might have something to do with it, too.”

Johnson and Transport for London see the blue routes as a key part of the aim to increase cycling in London by five times the current level.

“You have got to have a powerful and visible statement on the roads that asserts to every Londoner, whether on two wheels or four, that the capital is a cycling city,” said Johnson